Some good advice from Dr. Obagi. 
Celebrity dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi helps us make sense of our skin, tackling all the issues lying between us and complexion perfection. This week, Dr. Obagi helps us save our skin without overspending.

Dr. Obagi recommends investing in topical creams that the skin can absorb.
Whether your budget affords $25 each month on skincare or $250, no one enjoys wasting money.

It's often hard to separate the products that work from the ones that disappoint. While the price tag may seem like an indicator of effectiveness there are some effective yet inexpensive products on the market and plenty of useless ones that cost $300-$1,000.

So how do you determine which products are worth the money? Here are some smart strategies:

Know the skin you're in. It doesn't matter how high-tech a product is, if it's not right for your skin type it won't be effective. Before you shop for skincare products determine whether your skin is thick or thin, weak or strong, oily or dry. Once you know where your skin falls on the spectrum you'll be able to select the products to meet your needs.

Organize and prioritize. If your medicine cabinet is overflowing with old jars and tubes you may have accumulated products that don't work, have outdated technology or may have expired. Get rid of the old stuff and decide what you really need to focus on. It could be wrinkles, acne, age spots, skin laxity, anything, but don't expect to treat all of your skin afflictions simultaneously. No one product does it all so decide what is most important and address that first.

Avoid impulse buys. Remember the old adage, "you can't judge a book by its cover?" Well, the same goes for beauty products -- packaging means nothing. Don't be fooled by an expensive exterior or deterred by something less attractive. Instead, do your homework. Find out what people are saying about the product and read feedback from actual users on popular shopping sites.

It's time to organize your medicine cabinet and get rid of old beauty products.

Look for potent ingredients. Retinol and retinoic acid are the only ingredients that are proven to treat both age-related and environmental skin damage. 1% concentration of retinol and seldom prescribe retinoic acid in concentrations less than 0.1%. If it's too irritating, apply less frequently until your skin adjusts.

Spend on the stuff that stays. Rinse-off products like cleansers and scrubs are important, but the active ingredients don't have time to reach the cells in the dermis. Invest in topical creams that the skin can absorb. Under eye, night, and day creams have more time to penetrate, as do serums and spot treatments.

Always wear protection. What's the single most skin saving thing you can do daily? Slather on the SPF! Sunscreen is your best protection again skin cancer and skin aging. There are so many great formulas on the market and you don't need to spend a lot to get the protection you need. More important than the SPF rating is how much sunscreen you actually apply. For starters, one third of the population doesn't even wear sunscreen-a huge mistake that no one should be guilty of in this day and age. The rest of us who do apply sunscreen often don't apply enough-use a full ounce when applying from head to toe, or a shotglass-sized amount. Covering your skin thoroughly with SPF 15 is substantially more effective than a thin layer of SPF 100.

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Do You Know that Acrylic Nails Can Cause Age Spots? 
Are you addicted to Gel and Acrylic nails? Well, I would like to give you a little tip that can save you from age spots and potential skin cancer on the top of your hands. Before you head out to your manicurist, please make it a habit to apply SPF to your hands!

Apply a water proof 30+ SPF to your hands before your visit. The UV lights that help cure the gel and acrylics can damage the skin on the top your hands. The UV lights are just as damaging as the lights used in tanning booths. Plus who wants hands that look old before thier time?

Make it a habit to keep a tube of SPF in your car. Apply it to the top your hands before or while driving. And don't forget to protect the skin on your face and neck while driving! The sun coming through the glass can damage your skin even during cold winter days.

Take my advice...the one liitle minute of time that is takes to apply an SPF on your hands will over the years leave you with youthful looking hands.

As you may or may not realize, people often guess our age by our neck and hands:)

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Why Is My face So Red? By Homeopathic and Herbal 
Douse the flames of red, burning cheeks…

The face harbors a large quantity of tiny blood vessels just under the surface of the skin. Facial flushing occurs when there is a sudden increase of blood flowing through these vessels them to swell. In time, ongoing dilation may cause blood vessels to get larger and appear like small red lines on the surface of the skin.

Exaggerated red cheeks or patches of red may appear on the face, and many people find that their facial skin may become increasingly sensitive - often reacting to skin products, such as conventional lotions or soaps.

Tiny red bumps may accompany the area of redness, and as flare-ups continue, the redness increases, then the flare-ups occur more often - creating a pesky and embarrassing cycle. If left untreated, the redness and red lines may become permanent.

Certain triggers can cause flushing of the skin mostly in the cheek and nose areas. These triggers can include sun, stress, hot weather, alcohol, caffeine, spicy food, exercise, hot baths, and cold weather.

The natural way

Like other organs, the skin requires good nutrients and balance for sustained health. Eating regular, healthy meals can go a long way to providing the nutritional needs of skin cells and moisturizing the skin.

Facial skin is especially sensitive to external factors such as wind, temperature and certain skin products. Avoid harsh skin care products, as well as limit sun exposure and use sunscreen. Adequate rest, proper nutrition and water intake will improve skin health and hydration.

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Another Tip for Dry Skin This Winter. 
Professional Skin Care Advice
Now that winter is here, at least where I live, it's time to make some changes to our basic skin care regimen.
It's important to switch your body wash from gel to a more moisture rich sensitive skin type. And for heaven sake, stop using hot water! At least for the winter months. It's so important to moisturizer your entire body once you dry off. I know you have been told this over and over again, however it's a huge step in order to trap moisture into the skin. Once again, switch your body and facial moisturizer to a heavier and richer type.
Note: If you have oily skin or combination skin, use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. It's always important to apply additional moisture around the eye area. Even if you have very oily skin, you should apply and eye gel or creme under the eyes.
Over the years in my profession I see so many of my clients with over dry cracked skin on their heals.
With one simple added step to your daily skin regimen this condition can be minimized if not eliminated completely!
My favorite tip: In the evening at bedtime, keep a jar or tube of a petroleum based product like Vaseline on your night stand.
After you climb into bed, rub the product on your heels, your cuticles of your feet and hands. You may put on cotton socks to protect your bedding if you like. I personally have been doing this same step for years and I have never had dry feet of dry hands. It's a habit worth developing.
I have found that most lotions, even for the hands tend to not work as well as good old fashion Vaseline. Plus they tend to cost more than what you may need to spend.
Note: When skin becomes severely cracked applying a lotion full of chemicals can burn and itch. In which case applying a petroleum based product will not have that reaction.
Ok, hope that helps with anyone suffering from over dry or cracked skin.

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